The Physiological Effects of Various Vasoactive Agents on Mouse Ear Microvasculature; Ethical Considerations of Genetic Engineering

Bracaglia, Jillian, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Cottler, Patrick, MD-PLSR Plastic Surgery, University of Virginia
Gorman, Michael, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

The focus of my thesis is genetic engineering and the ethical concerns related to its applications. The focus of my technical report is on the pharmacokinetic effects of vasoactive agents on microvasculature. There is no direct connection between the two.
However, they can be viewed together from an interesting perspective. If one broadens my technical capstone project to represent modern current methods of health care, specifically the use of drugs to improve a surgery outcome, then it can become a marker of our current ability to treat health issues. Our current ability is to treat health issues and their symptoms with a reactive approach. If one views my thesis topic as the potential future state of our ability to treat health issues, then this serves as a marker that can be used to compare present to future. In the future, my thesis topic, genetic engineering, could be used to create cures to health issues. Our future ability to treat health issues could become the ability to cure health issues in a proactive way, not just mitigate symptoms or react to a disease’s effects.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Genetic engineering, Microvasculature, Vasoactive Agents

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Technical Advisor: Patrick Cottler

STS Advisor: Michael Gorman

Technical Team Members: Julia Riedy

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